Billings, Anderson steer DD to victory

The 3Ms that form the core of the KXIP batting — David Miller, Glenn Maxwell and Eoin Morgan — could do little as Amit Mishra kept a leash on the scoring at one end and the pace trio of Chris Morris, Anderson and Pat Cummins put pressure at the other.

Corey Anderson’s 22-ball 39 included three fours and sixes each.   -  AP

Corey Anderson got the nod for the Delhi Daredevils’ opening home game on Saturday due to his ability to bat hard and the New Zealander proved he could be quite a handful, propelling the host to 188 for six wickets with some lusty hitting towards the end after KXIP bowlers had managed to fight their way back into the game at the Ferozeshah Kotla.

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And with a bowling unit capable enough to defend the above-par score, DD cruised to a 51-run victory for its second straight win. Chasing what would have been the highest second innings IPL total on this ground if it succeeded, KXIP could only manage 137 despite an entertaining 44-run cameo from Axar Patel.

The 3Ms that form the core of the KXIP batting — David Miller, Glenn Maxwell and Eoin Morgan — could do little as Amit Mishra kept a leash on the scoring at one end and the pace trio of Chris Morris, Anderson and Pat Cummins put pressure at the other.

Earlier, Anderson (37 not out) and Pat Cummins added 31 runs in DD’s last 17 balls, tonking the KXIP bowlers to all corners. Axar was the worst hit, conceding 16 runs in the 19th over.

This was DD’s second-best return of 68 runs in the last five overs and came after Sam Billings set up the innings early on with a skilful 55 that had some delightful strokes and little risk.

Electing to bat, it was a surprise to see last match’s centurion Sanju Samson walk out to open the innings with Billings. The two added 50 runs in just six overs before Sanju fell.

Karun Nair’s poor form continuedand Shreyas Iyer, playing his first game, looked in good touch before getting caught on the edge of inside circle, one of Morgan’s three catches.